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Murray tames Del Potro to retain title

August 15, 2016 06:13 IST

Andy Murray

IMAGE: Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after winning his match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters.

Britain’s Andy Murray beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in a compelling and gruelling Olympic tennis final on Sunday to become the first player to successfully defend the title.

World number two Murray deployed a precision defensive game which eventually wore down the towering Argentine’s barreling forehand and powerful service game.

Murray racked up his 18th successive singles win, a hot streak that also brought him a second Wimbledon title.

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